Spring: The end of equality.
No more equal light and equal dark.
Light at last triumphant!
Regular readers of FH know how much I like to link the images that I post to the calendar. That doesn't just mean holiday posts, it means images that represent the seasons, and the changes that we are all experiencing. I know that not everyone gets the snow I get. (another storm due Tuesday) I know not everyone gets the colors that I get to enjoy in the fall, but everyone experiences calendar change, even if their more subtle than a mid March nor'easter.
There are certain artists that I look to at different times of the year. It's funny, it's not always those with the most predictable weather that go out and shoot in it. I rarely get images from Canadian photographers shooting out in the snow in winter. They're either taking down time, or sticking to working in studio. Except for New York's Richard Rothstein, who will not be stopped by the elements, most of my snow themed shoots are from photographers in Europe, or the US North West, places where snow is not as frequent, nor as severe.
When it comes to documenting the seasons, especially a seasons beginnings, one of the photographers I have come to rely on is Jesse from JDT Photography. The very first post I did featuring Jesse's work was about this time three years ago and was a visual salute to spring. (The Spring Suspension) Jesse always manages to capture not just the visual signs of spring, but the feel and smells as well.
Early spring isn't a time of immense color, that comes later. Color is just beginning to peak out, with greens the first to burst, then color low to the ground, being the first color to ask for attention. The sun is strong all year long, but it always seems that the light from the sun workers harder in the spring, as if finding it's strength after a long winter.
Jess finds his strength shooting outside in the woods. Weaving the beauty of the male form with the beauty of his surrounding environment. Jesse insists his subjects interact, which means you can almost feel the wood, the water, the coolness of the grass, and heat from that spring sun. Jesse recently sent on some of his new images, work from the previous months shooting. Spring is the the beginning, but more seasons, and incredible men, in the sun to follow.,